Giants Decline Option for 15-Year Veteran

The San Francisco Giants are looking to trend a little younger in 2023. Which might explain why they decided not to pick up their $13M club option on 15-year veteran (the last five in The Bay) Evan Longoria.

Now 37, the third baseman says that a dialogue remains open between him and the team and that he is interested in seeing what free agency has to offer.

As age has caught up with him, Longoria has had troubles staying on the field in recent years. His 89 games played this season was his most since 2019. He also batted a career-low .244 this season, with a .767 OPS. His 14 HR and 42 RBIs were decent production for half a season, but how much a team can rely on him to be on the field is a question any potential suitor would have to weigh. 

He has already said, according to Bob Nightengale, that "the only teams he would consider playing for are the Giants, Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks."

Longoria was Rookie of the Year in the AL with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008, and was an All-Star selection in his first three seasons. 

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